BASA uses its research learnings to create opportunities, to connect the private sector and the arts sector both in South Africa, but also across borders. This set of programmes focuses on the support of, and for the public sector, with the understanding that systemic change is required, if we are going to see equitable business arts partnerships.
Supporting Grant Programme in full swing!
BASA’s Supporting Grant Programme is designed for artist/arts organisations and businesses to assist in activating sponsorship for a cross-section of arts projects in different regions of the country. This is done by providing financial support to a project that is in an already existing relationship between a business and arts organisation. The November 2016 Supporting Grant cycle saw 13 successful applicants and a total of R665,000.00 disbursed. This year has seen two grant cycles to date. There were 22 successful applicants in the February cycle with a total of R696,000.00 disbursed, and 23 successful applicants and a total of R641,000.00 disbursed in the April cycle. The closing date for the next Supporting Grant cycle was 5 July, with outcomes announced later that month.
The projects funded in the November 2016 to April 2017 cycles included:
- 2017 Naledi Theatre Awards, supported by DWR Distribution
- 55th Arts in the Park, supported by South African Film Institute
- 5th SAJE Jazz Festival, supported by SAMRO
- 7th Annual Wakkerstroom Music Festival, supported by Nolands Pretoria
- Afro Soul and Jazz Picnic, supported by Phillip Morris & Heineken
- Amajimboz Project, supported by Distell Foundation
- Andy Warhol Portfolios: A life in Pop, supported by Bank of America Merrill Lynch
- Angela Ferreira: South Facing Exhibition, supported by Breinstorm Brand Architects
- Armaments and Ornaments, supported by Mohamed Randera & Associates
- Art Africa Fair, supported by Art Lab
- Ballex Woman Wellness Dance Workshop, supported by Black Bottom Couture & Amanzi de Leau
- Baxter Theatre Season at Assembly Festival, supported by Assembly Festival
- BAZ-ART NPC, supported by XO Travel Africa
- BEING HER(E): African Femininities Through Space and Time, supported by Khamoja Heritage Foundation
- Boogie Boutique, supported by Monster Energy
- Cion: Requiem of Ravels Bolero, supported by Desklink Media
- Classic Music Lunch Hour Concert Programme, supported by Auto & General
- Cradle of Creativity, supported by Rand Merchant Bank & Strand and Fountains Hotel
- Cradle of Creativity, supported by Wesgro & University of Johannesburg
- Drama For Life Festivals and Conference, supported by Rand Merchant Bank
- Festival of Fame, supported by Rand Merchant Bank
- Fresh Produce Mentorship and Exhibition, supported by Rand Merchant Bank
- Fulcrum Suzanne Shaw Creative Award, supported by The Fulcrum Group
- Gwara Nation, supported by Vinyl Entertainment & Black Diamond
- Handicapped Arts Alive Programme, supported by Everjoy Scrap Metal Recycling
- Hermanus FynArts Festival, supported by Bouchard Finlayson, Windsor Hotel & The Marine Hotel
- Hilton Arts Festival, supported by Black Coffee Designs
- Hilton Arts Festival, supported by Times Media Group
- Hope @ Paul Cluver Season 4, supported by Paul Cluver Wines
- Imibala Arts Festival, supported by Campus Bay FM
- Institute of the Creative Arts, supported by Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
- Kgalagadi Jazz Festival, supported by Tiang Cooperative
- Knysna Literary Festival, supported by Pam Golding Properties Knysna
- Mdumbi Green Fair Music Festival, supported by Mdumbi Backpackers & Tata Waste
- Modern Age Designs Fashion Show, supported by Black Like Me
- Mpumalanga Arts Project: Ebhudlweni Arts Centre, supported by Rand Merchant Bank
- New Now Next Artist in Residence, supported by Summerstrand Hotel
- Newcastle Township Arts Festival, supported by Newcastle Municipality
- Overexposed, supported by DWR Distribution & Black Coffee Designs
- Public Murals: Gender Equality, supported by Newtown Junction Mall
- SA Pavillion at the Vennice Biennalle, supported by Strauss & Co
- SANAA Africa Festival, supported by Multichoice
- School Choir Festival, supported by Distell Foundation
- Sibikwa Arts Centre, supported by Total SA
- Silver Mountain Music Festival, supported by Ajaghama t/a Strawberry Hill Farm
- Simonsig Operas, supported by Simonsig Wine Estate
- Song of the Sea, supported by N.U.D.E Creative Collective, Rope World, Simon and Mary & Sea Point Radio Taxis CC
- Songs of Praise Hosannas and Hallelujahs, supported by B&O Machining
- Suidoorstefees Young Stars Genre, supported by Distell Foundation
- The Last Night of the Proms, supported by Rand Merchant Bank & First National Bank
- The South African Fine Art Print Fair, supported by Gordon Institute of Business Science
- Thuthuka Jewellery and Product Development Programme, supported by Skye Distribution
- Tshivenda Music Awards, supported by SPAR
- Umlazi V – Section Youth Festival, supported by Big 4 Event CC
- Vhembe Literature Workshop, supported by Lesedi Publishers
- Vrystaat Arts Festival, supported by Media24
- Wits Art Museum Annual Lecture Series, supported by Stephan Welz and Co
- Youth in Radio Festival, supported by Zah Trading (ta Sbu Lounge) & Izivuno Nom Holdings
The last cycle for 2017 will close on 8 November.
For more information contact Aviwe Matandela on 011 447 2295 or email at email@example.com
BASA supports it’s members on a consultancy basis, using its research and broader partnerships to provide businesses with arts based intelligence and arts based initiatives – this to support their strategic goals.
For more information contact Michelle Constant firstname.lastname@example.org
BASA works closely with diverse members, supporting them in their cross border goals. Currently we are working with BASA member Standard Bank on an opportunity to work with the Bank in Ghana and with BASA member PPC in Zimbabwe. BASA was also awarded a British Council tender to further its Africa work in Ethiopia.
BASA will be hosting a series of Business Breakfasts along with workshops and development of a toolkit on private sector investment.
For more information contact Lonwabo Mavuso email@example.com
DAC BASA Board Research, supported by FirstRand Foundation
BASA, in partnership with the DAC and supported by the FirstRand Foundation (FRF), is currently working on a programme to strengthen the capacity and processes of the councils of DAC state owned entities. The Cultural Policy and Management Division at the Wits School of Arts, under the leadership of Avril Joffe, was commissioned to do baseline research of all 25 DAC institutions with regards to the challenges and opportunities in their councils. Once the baseline research was completed, a pilot series of capacity building workshops was rolled out. These were primarily targeted at The South African State Theatre as the pilot institution, with council representatives from Iziko Museums and the National Arts Council of South Africa, DAC representatives, BASA staff, and members of the research team also in attendance. The workshops got underway on June 20th with the Institute of Directors of South Africa (IoDSA) giving a workshop on board/council member duties and liabilities. This was followed by the Wits Centre for Cultural Policy and Management’s workshop on June 21st, which looked at trends, value and the role of arts and culture in society, as well as the value that culture creates may be understood, measured and evaluated.
Based on the research findings and recommendations, as well as feedback from the pilot workshop series, a toolkit will be developed for all DAC entities to use as a basic guide both for induction and regular ongoing practice. The toolkit and pilot workshops could potentially inform further workshops and interventions going forward (outside of the ambit of this project). In addition to this, we are exploring the possibility of creating a sector wide practice note in alignment with the King IV Report with the IoDSA.